On a recent afternoon at Honey Brook Organic Farm, people selected the carrots, kale, Swiss chard, cauliflower, bok choy, root vegetables and other offerings in the farmstand as the 2019 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) season comes to a close.
Until year-end, people who are interested in the CSA may enroll in the Early Bird pricing from now through January 15 and pay current prices for the 2020 season.
These days there are compelling reasons for consumers to support local agriculture. Local farmers offer fresh produce with a small “carbon footprint”, or the amount of energy needed to transport goods from far-off places to the grocery stores. Fossil fuels, which release greenhouse gasses that cause global warming, are needed to fly, ship, drive and otherwise transport food long distances.
Farmer Jim Kinsel and his partner Sherry Dudas steward their land without using pesticides and fertilizers. Instead, they add mulched leaves and other natural ways of amending their soil in an environmentally friendly fashion. For almost 30 years, they have farmed on land leased from The Watershed Institute.
They also employ strategies to sequester carbon in the soil, modeling sustainable practices that help slow farming’s impact on climate change.
Consider adding local, fresh fare to your family’s choices by becoming a member. Visit Honey Brook Organic Farm for more information.